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Table Tennis Wales - Focus Training Centres (FTC)
25th September 2017
TTW has announced their Focus Training Centres for the season in both North & South Wales. These Centres will offer quality coaching along with a pathway into the National Elite Group which is based at Sport Wales National Centre on a weekly basis.
Those players who are showing promise at FTC will be offered the chance of selection to a training camp at various times throughout the season. TTW hold school holiday camps as well as pre event trainign before a major competition to a wider group.
The Elite players will get up to 10hrs a week with the Coaching Team of TTW
Elite Group Players for 2017/2018
Anna Hursey, Lara Whitton, Beth Richards, Morgan Day-Davies, Grace Clement, Louie Evans, Joseph Roberts, Jack O'Duffy.
If players outside this group show better results, ability to practice harder, enter more events in UK and demonstrate a case for a place in the Elite Group, it will be looked at several times thoughout the season. Changes can be made by TTW Selectors if deemed necessary at anytime.
Cardiff Dragon Event
Congratulations to Sam Slater (U15), Oscar Marriott (U13) and Lowri Hurd (U11) on their recent wins in the Dragon event
Full results attached
17th September 2017
Day 5 proved to be the hardest of them all as both teams lost out in tight matches 3/2. The men lost to to Norway 3/2 after defeating Kosovo in the morning 3/0. Josh, Callum and Dean won the 3 matches there. Against Norway Callum picked up both his singles but Dan and Josh were unable to add to the tally on this occasion.
The women suffered a similar fate as they lost 3/2 to Slovakia. Anna won her singles once again against a higher ranked opponent. Charlotte won her fist singles to add to the scoreline but that was it as Chloe lost both and Charlotte her second singles.
Women finished 28th and the men 39th
Unfortunately neither qualify for the next World Championships in Sweden in 2018 due to the ITTF format which has changed recently.
Individual Scores for the European
Anna W4 L2
Josh W2 L2
Callum W6 L1
Dan W1 L4
Dean W1 L2
Chloe W1 L6
Charlotte W7 L5
16th September 2017
Day 4 of the Championships is about to begin and here is a recap of the 3 previous days. The women, playing in the Challenge Division, but Bulgaria 3/1 in their first match. Wins from Charlotte (2) and Anna Hursey (1) selaed the win. Turkey was next and a tough 3/2 loss felted hard. Anna won once again at number 3 with Charlotte beating their number 2. Chloe lost the decider so close 3/2. Turkey were bolstered by World number 27 Hu Melek who took her 2 singles.
The same evening they played Azerbaijan. A 3/1 loss against the group leaders meant we finished 3rd behind them and Turkey. Charlotte picked up the win here with a 3/1 win. In the playoffs the next day, a great win against Israel was a good recovery. All 3 women had a win each which shows the whole team is needed. In the second match of the day Belgium were too strong but with both Charlotte and Anna losing in 5 sets it could have turned in our favour somewhere on a different day.
The men got off to a win against Macedonia with Josh, Callum and Dan all winning comfortable. The next day proved an important one as we had to play both Bosnia and Scotland. Both teams were looking to squeeze us out of a top 2 finish. Bosina started it as their number 1 Admir Duranspahic took both his matches and Dean lost a close 5th set battle. Callum beat their number 2 Alicic 3/1.
Scotland and Wales is also a close match and this was no different. Nail Cameron beat Dan 3/0 to start the game in the Scots favour. Callum levelled it as he beat Colin Dalgleish 3/1. Dean lost in the middle match to Callum Morrison 3/2, which pushed the tide in their favour once again. Colin finished the tie with a 3/0 win against Dan.
Day 4 and the men play Kosovo in the final group match before the playoffs. The women play their final game later to Slovakia for 27/28th spot.
Find all the results on https://www.ittf.com/tournament/2776/liebherr-2017-ittf-european-team-championships/#information
Vets 6 Nations
13th September 2017
40s team of David Buck, Lee Thomas got bronze. 50s Team of Steve
Eades, Tony Collins and John Hook got Silver. The 75s team of Dennis Bromage and Roger Thomas got Silver. Marilyn Morgan playing in a mixed ladies team got a Bronze.
Worth mentioning is Harold Furber team win over Simon Heaps who was a Cadet European Champion in his time.
In the singles and Doubles event the following players achieved recognition. Harold Furber and John Hook obtained Silver in the 60s doubles, Dennis Bromage and Roger Thomas obtained Silver in the over 75s doubles. Marilyn Morgan won the 40s ladies gold plate, Harold Furber won the silver plate and Christine Watkins obtained silver in the 60s ladies plate.
Wales can be proud of its efforts at this years events and all the players exceeded there ability and were a credit to the TTW
U3A Welsh National Championships
7th September 2017
An exciting and enjoyable day was had by all at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff yesterday - ending in Graham George and Gaynor Evans from Pembrokeshire being crowned as 2017 Welsh U3A Champions
This was an inaugural event hosted by Table Tennis Wales- the national governing body for the sport
Play took place all day on a round robin basis with 16 teams from North, South & West Wales all battling it out. New networking connections were made between groups with the likelihood that future friendly matches may be arranged between them
Phil Avery from Table Tennis Wales said - “We are glad that so many came along and had such a fun day. Table Tennis is a great sport for all ages and we look forward to the event expanding - and going from strength to strength in future years”
3rd September 2017
Tam Eastwood collected yet another School Games medal when he came 3rd at the annual School Games competition in Loughborough this weekend. The Swansea star beat all players in a round robin except Shae Thakker (Gold) and Elliott Medland (Silver) to take Bronze.
Both the boys and girls teams won both team matches today but with losses on Friday and Saturday in meant both teams finished in 5th spot and out of the medals. The boys had a great win yesterday to beat England North East, who were the eventual Gold winners.
Josh W6 L4
Joseph W3 L3
Benedict W1 L3
Doubles W3 L2
*(Boys had a 5/0 walkover)
Jamie-Lee W5 L3
Beth W4 L6
Lara W2 L8
Doubles W3 L4
Tam W5 L2